Man accused of murdering wife wins GOP primary for City Council
Nikki Wilhoite’s body was found in a stream in northwest Lebanon on March 26, after Andrew told detectives he dumped her there.
LEBANON, Indiana — A Boone County man charged with murdering his wife will be on the November ballot for school board after winning a Republican primary.
Andrew Wilhoite won 60 votes in Tuesday’s primary to win one of three vacant seats on the Clinton Township council. He was one of three board nominees on the Republican ballot, which meant all three would win a nomination.
In March, the Boone County District Attorney filed murder charges against Andrew for the murder of his wife, Nikki.
Nikki’s body was found in a cove in northwest Lebanon on March 26, after Andrew told detectives he dumped her there after hitting her with a flowerpot during a a fight outside their farm.
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Court documents say Andrew initially lied to detectives, who were called in to investigate when Nikki went missing on March 25, after she failed to show up for work at a Zionsville oral surgery office.
A probable cause affidavit filed with the felony murder charge says detectives spoke to Andrew and his children the day after the murder and found traces of blood in the couple’s bedroom.
At the time, Andrew told investigators that his wife had filed for divorce and the couple had argued over Andrew’s extramarital affair. He said she slept on the couch that night and he didn’t see her when he left for work the next morning.
Andrew said the blood in the bedroom came from Nikki’s scratches and her bloody nose. Detectives found Nikki’s phone, purse and vehicle at the farm.
After speaking to relatives and searching the grounds around the farm, detectives continued to question Andrew about the details of what he originally told them. After asking to speak to a lawyer, Andrew changed his account of events on the night of March 24.
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He said around 10 p.m. the pair were fighting outside the house when Nikki charged at him, and he hit her in the head with a flower pot, knocking her unconscious. Andrew said he drove her to Ross Ditch in a van and dumped her on the Boone County 400 East Bridge, just south of County Road 350 North.
Detectives found his body there on March 26 and arrested Andrew for murder.
A friend of Nikki said the wife and mother had just completed her last chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Friends tell 13News that the couple’s relationship had been rocky for years, that Nikki was in danger and was finally trying to get through it.
The prosecutor cited a coroner’s report that Nikki died from the blow to the head.
Andrew’s trial is initially scheduled to begin in August. It is likely, if there is no plea agreement, that the trial will be delayed.